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Answers to head of the class (perhaps)

September 30, 2012 in Culture, Quizzes

So, here’s a confluence of coincidental events. I’ve owed you, the reader, the answers to the picture round I included in last Wednesday’s post, Head of the class, for a few days now.

Of course, you know my method of naming articles.  This one, when it arrived, would be called ‘Head of the class answers’ or something like that.

So what? Well, the thing is, I got some great news last night.  This little site of mine has made the final five for the Popculture section of the Irish Blog Awards. Woot!

So… I may actually be ‘Head of the class’ in this category. See what I did there?

But seriously folks, the other nominated blogs are all excellent and it’s an honour to be included in such a list.  The awards themselves are being presented on October 13th so, if nothing else, it’ll give myself and Mrs an excuse to book a babysitter and go away for the night. 😉

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Ulster says no – for now

September 28, 2012 in IQO, Quizzes

It is with regret that the Irish Quizzing Organisation announces the postponement of the Ulster Grand Prix.

Between one thing and another, and another (and yet one more), it became apparent that there simply wasn’t the demand there for an event of this type, on this particular weekend.

We’ll do our best to rearrange it for later in the year. Apologies everyone. 

Please stay tuned to the IQO page on Facebook for information on other upcoming events.

Head of the class

September 26, 2012 in Interactive, Quizzes

The first of the Autumnal series of quizzes, in aid of Liam’s Wheels, took place in The King’s Head, in Galway, on Monday night last.

It was all put together in under a week, as we decided we’d need to have the first quiz take place in September.  Linked in to this decision was the theme I’d chosen for the questions: Back to school.  It’s still topical now.  Next month, not so much.

The short-notice also affected the promotion of the event by the King’s Head staff but, in spite of my own fears, a very impressive crowd of 26 tables turned up!

The quiz itself flew by, with the final results being announced at the unusually early time of 11.05pm.  I think the audience appreciated the unusual nature of the questions but I must put my hand up and admit that I got one wrong.  It was pointed out to me almost instantly and, as it had been in the round before the break, we were able to rectify the scoreboard before the second half begun.  No harm done, therefore, but it was still very embarassing as it must be several years since I last let a wrong answer stray under my radar.  For the record, turtles are reptiles, not amphibians. 🙁

If you’d like to have a go at the questions, and try out one of the night’s picture rounds, click the Read the rest… link.

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Back to School quiz

September 20, 2012 in Quizzes

So, September is here and the new quizzing season can begin.  Indeed, there seems to be a glut of them around here this week.  It may have something to do with all the clubs who have All-Ireland football final tickets they need to raffle off. 🙂  Anyway, I’m off to one in Swinford tonight.

I’m also getting back into the swing of hosting quizzes.  I am the man behind the mic at the ‘Back to School’ quiz, which is taking place in The King’s Head, Galway, on Monday night at 8pm.  All are welcome.

Tables of four are just €20 and all proceeds will go to Liam’s Wheels, raising money for former French Foreign Legionnaire Liam Cullinane who now needs a customised tricycle for mobility.  It’s definitely a worthy cause.

If you haven’t guessed already, the quiz will feature questions which everyone used to know the answers to!  That’s right, all those essential facts we learned during our school days and have, of course, used every day since.

It should be great fun and I hope many of you can come along.  For more information, please visit The King’s Head page on Facebook.

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Trivia returns for round two

September 13, 2012 in Culture

David Pearse and Janet Moran, the stars of Trivia.

I blogged a lot about Trivia last year.  For a time, the show’s writer Damien Owens and myself were thrown together as a quiz-related double act, appearing in newspapers and on radio together, discussing all things quizzing.

For the uninitiated, Trivia was a comedy-drama (dromedy, yes?) which followed the trials and tribulations of Lawrence, a man whose life involved very little more than table quizzes.  It ran for six episodes and followed Lawrence as he realised there was more to life than, you know, table quizzes.  By the end, he’d even managed to get himself a girlfriend!

That’s what it was about really.  “It was actually a show about a romance…” a friend’s mother opined as we discussed it following the show’s final episode.  Quizzing was just a device which both defined Lawrence’s (sad) life and allowed him to meet his someone special.

Anyway, Trivia returned to our screens last Thursday night.  This was a bit of a surprise to me as I’d have thought we’d be the first to know here on the blog!  It was, in fact, Mrs who mentioned, in an offhand fashion last Thursday, that she saw Trivia was going to be on the TV later that evening.

Since then, Grand Pictures, the production company have been in touch, asking me to give the new series a mention, which I am happy to do.  Worringly for those who are more interested in quizzes than in romance and life development [raises right hand] the first episode of the new series starts off with Lawrence in self-imposed exile from the table quiz scene. Let’s hope Lawrence can develope some form of quiz-life balance in the episodes ahead.  Either that or his money problems get solved by an extended run on a TV quiz game show!

Trivia is on RTÉ One at 10.15pm tonight.  You can also catch up on the first episde of the new series at

Ready, set, go!

September 12, 2012 in Grand Prix

It’s nice when I don’t have to put any effort into writing a blog post.  It doesn’t happen too often but today is one such occasion.  Here are the words posted by Irish Quiz Organisation Competitions Officer Paddy Duffy on the IQO Facebook page this morning:

It is my great pleasure to announce that the first inaugural Irish Quiz Grand Prix event is ready to go! On the 29th September we’ll be hosting the Ulster GP in the Clarendon Bar in the heart of Derry City, registration from 11:30am until about 6pm. There’ll be individual events, a groundbreaking knockout-style teams event and even a band on in the adjoining bar afterwards. Registration is £10/€12 and a lunch menu the size of Montana is included. If you’re interested, get thee to and put your name down!

Well, you heard what the man said!

SongPop and other good news stories

September 9, 2012 in Culture, Quizzes

SongPop, a cause for good or an addictive time sink?  Well, truth is, it’s both.  So I guess it comes down to your attitude to addictive time sinks and, generally speaking, I love them!  Judging by my Facebook wall, loads of other people feel the same about it.

For those who are uniniated, SongPop allows you to challenge one of your friends to a quickfire audio quiz, in which the intros to five songs need to be identified in as quick a time as possible.  The app awards scores based on the time (to a tenth of a second it appears to me) it takes and someone wins.  Simple as that.  Straight after winning or losing, you have the opportunity to rechallenge your friend.  At this point you also can decide what category the next five songs will belong to.

It’s an inherently social game and, while you can ask the app to randomly match you up with an opponent, it makes most sense (and is most fun) when you challenge your own friends to a match.  This is probably why the app is so popular on Facebook, as it piggybacks your friends list, informing you of who’s already playing the game and/or allowing you to suck invite new friends in.

If you like audio rounds at quizzes, you should definitely check it out.

Blog awards latest: Some great news this morning – has been shortlisted for two categories in the Irish Blog Awards!  It’s made the cut in the ‘Best Sport/Recreation’ and ‘Best Pop Culture’ sections.   Still, there’s no need to dig out a tuxedo just yet; the remaining nominees will be distilled further at the end of the month when the Finalist List will be published.  Keep your fingers crossed!

Finally, up Galway! Here’s hoping to the first half of Connacht’s possession of the All-Ireland senior trophies being in place by this evening.

After the Fact: Marathon edition

September 2, 2012 in Quiz Show

For those of you who missed last night’s special edition of After the Fact, you can now watch a recording of the show via the window below.  It takes about two minutes to start and then runs for the first hour of the video.